Obihiro Racecourse (Ban'ei Horse Racing)

Ban’ei horse racing is one of the famous attractions in Obihiro. Ban'ei Horse Racing is the only race of its kind in the world. Large draft horses, weighing about 1 ton, race on a separate course in a 200 m straight line while pulling an iron sled that weighs up to 1 ton. Even if you don't buy a betting ticket, it is exciting to see the powerful horse racing up close. We recommend you to visit there if you are going to the Obihiro area. Ban'ei horse racing is held mostly on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.

Address: 9 Nishi 13-Jo Minami, Obihiro, Hokkaido
Capacity: 14,000
Opened: 1932

Getting to the Racecourse

From Obihiro Station
By Bus
Take a bus at No. 12 bus terminal of Obihiro Station, and get off at "Obihiro Racecourse Mae" bus stop.
By Taxi
Approximately 7 minutes from Obihiro Station South Exit.

From Tokachi/Obihiro Airport
By Bus
Local bus to Obihiro city area departs from the airport building entrance in about 15 minutes after the flight arrives. Get off at "Obihiro Keibajo Mae" bus stop.

Explore Obihiro

Travel Tips & Information

Information about professional sports teams in Hokkaido

1.Getting There & Around Obihiro

The fastest way to go from Honshu to Obihiro is by flight. There are several direct flights a day from Tokyo Haneda Airport. From Sapporo station, you can take the limited express train to Obihiro. And we also provide some information on the airport and transportation in Obihiro.

2."Where to Stay" in Obihiro

For the place to stay in Obihiro, it is convenient to stay around Obihiro Station.
Rokkatei main store, a sweet shop that is popular as a souvenir, is within walking distance of the station, and several pork bowl (butadon) restaurants around Obihiro Station. If you stay at Tokachigawa Onsen (hot spring), you need to rent a car to get there.

3."What to Do & See" in Obihiro

When it comes to sightseeing attractions in Obihiro City, "Ban'ei horse racing" comes to mind. If you drive from Obihiro, it is also good to see the Naitai Plateau Farm and the Taushubetsu River Bridge, famous as "Phantom Bridge."

4."What / Where to Eat" in Obihiro

Obihiro is famous for Butadon (Pork Bowl) because it is one of the leading pork producing areas in Hokkaido. 

 

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